Today in Islamophobia

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14 Aug 2019

Today in Islamophobia: Trump endorses a bigoted conspiracy theorist’s congressional campaign. Kashmir remains under strict Indian lockdown for the 9th day. Our recommended read of the day is by Giorgio Ghiglione on the resurgence in popularity of an anti-Islam journalist in Italy. This, and more, below:


14 Aug 2019

The resurgence of Oriana Fallaci's anti-Islam message in Italy | Recommended Read

One of Italy's most famous journalists, Fallaci, who died in her late seventies in 2006, covered the Vietnam War and interviewed the likes of Henry Kissinger, Indira Gandhi and Ruhollah Khomeini. After September 11, she adopted an anti-Islam stance, and today her legacy is enjoying a moment of renewed popularity. In 2019 Italy, Fallaci's unapologetic Islamophobia is alarmingly mainstream. The new ruling class is rediscovering Fallaci as a prescient thinker. At home, her ideas were not perceived as radical - her anti-Islam manifesto was first published in the country's most prestigious newspaper. read the complete article

Our recommended read of the day

United Kingdom

14 Aug 2019

Liberal Democrat peer calls protester in Tommy Robinson shirt a ‘Nazi’ over mosque row

Pendle Borough Council in Lancashire had been due to discuss among other matters renovations to a building, which may be used as a mosque in the future, during a planning committee meeting on 8 August. The local mosque already owns the building and has applied to renovate and extend it. Muslim community leaders hope to move the mosque into the building once it is renovated. read the complete article

14 Aug 2019

Op-ed | Britain is at a tipping point: stand firm against hate

As I sat on the plains of Arafah, where every pilgrim gathers on the same day to supplicate and pray with inspired intensity, I could not help but reflect on the dire situation many Muslims find themselves in across the world. Whether it be in internment camps in China, where a reported million Uighur Muslims are being held, or wars in Syria or Yemen, and now growing injustice and tension in the Palestine, for many people just being a Muslimputs them and their families in danger. read the complete article

14 Aug 2019

Prevent reviewer is member of Home Office panel tasked with enforcing strategy

A lawyer appointed by the British government to review the Prevent strategy is also a member of a secretive Home Office committee responsible for enforcing the implementation of the contentious counter-extremism programme by public bodies. Lord Carlile, a former counter-terrorism legislation watchdog who also reviewed Prevent in 2011, was appointed by the Home Office on Monday to conduct the review. Some critics have already condemned the UK government's move to appoint Carlile. read the complete article


14 Aug 2019

Indian-controlled Kashmir under strict lockdown for 9th day

In a letter to the council Tuesday obtained by The Associated Press, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quereshi accused India of implementing a “racist ideology” aimed at turning Kashmir from a Muslim-majority into a Hindu-majority territory. Poland holds the council presidency this month and Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said members would discuss the letter. read the complete article

14 Aug 2019

After Kashmir, is India becoming an illiberal democracy?

India is the world’s most populous democracy, and it stands as something of a liberal beacon compared with its neighbours China and Pakistan. But Mr. Modi has parlayed democratic success into the fist of a strongman. In May, he won a decisive re-election for his Bharatiya Janata Party, giving it a second term in government. Together with his Home Minister Amit Shah, Mr. Modi has put a priority on quickly exerting the central government’s control over Kashmir. read the complete article

United States

14 Aug 2019

Trump endorsed Curt Schilling's possible run for Congress. He's a conspiracy theorist who uses social media to peddle bigotry and hatred.

President Donald Trump recently endorsed a possible congressional run from former MLB pitcher and Breitbart podcast host Curt Schilling. Schilling has a long history of spewing anti-Muslim, racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic commentary, and he was fired by ESPN for posting anti-trans bigotry on Facebook. He has also promoted multiple conspiracy theories, including QAnon and claims that the Sandy Hook mass shooting was a hoax, and once praised a shirt endorsing violence against journalists. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 14 Aug 2019 Edition


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